SUNY Among the Top 100 Universities Worldwide for Patents Granted

June 16, 2015

New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that SUNY is ranked 31st among the Top 100 universities worldwide for receiving patents in 2014, according to a new report released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

“On campuses throughout New York State, SUNY researchers, students, and faculty are collaborating to make some of the most advanced discoveries of our time,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “From new treatments of disease to technological advances and processes that ensure a sustainable future for our environment, SUNY is at the forefront of innovation and research. Congratulations and thank you to the many inventors and entrepreneurs across SUNY who contributed to this global recognition.”

Last year, 70 patents were issued to the Research Foundation for SUNY and the University filed 244 new applications. In addition, SUNY received 293 invention disclosures and executed 47 license and option agreements.

Among last year’s research highlights at SUNY are:

  • A team of SUNY researchers, headed by Binghamton University Professor Kaiming Ye, are creating a 3-D printing process to build implantable tissues and organs to treat otherwise incurable diseases;
  • The first-ever patent awarded for work conducted solely at SUNY Oneonta, which went to Professor Jacqueline Bennett for the development of a green chemical process for making imines, a class of chemical compounds used in the pharmaceutical industry;
  • University at Buffalo researcher Jonathan Lovell, Ph.D.’s ongoing development of a new drug delivery method using “nanoballoons” that will assist Chemotherapy drugs in reaching cancerous sites within the body without interacting with blood, bone marrow, and other healthy systems; and
  • A patent issued to SUNY Downstate Medical Center Distinguished Professor M. Mahmood Hussain to support the ongoing development of an RNA molecule to more effectively treat high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the U.S.

More information on these projects and additional SUNY research highlights and achievements from last year are published online, in the 2014 Annual Report.

Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Interim President of the Research Foundation for SUNY, is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He said that while SUNY is a recognized leader in research and innovation, the university system will aim even higher in years to come.

Earlier this month, the SUNY Patents & Inventions Policy Board unanimously voted to approve a policy proposal that will strengthen public-private partnerships and more closely align SUNY’s Patents & Inventions Policy with national best practices. The revised policy is expected to go before the SUNY Board of Trustees for approval in the fall.

"SUNY has the size, scale and faculty expertise to innovate in a broad range of fields,” said Cartwright.  “We are working to provide our faculty with the appropriate support they need to be able to realize that potential—from a model patents policy to facilitating collaboration across campuses. We are poised to advance even further in the rankings provided in reports like this one from the NAI and IPO.”

About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society

About the IPO
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), established in 1972, is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and provides a wide array of services to members, including: supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; information and educational services; and disseminating information to the general public on the importance of intellectual property rights.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

Share this:


Holly Liapis
Email the Office of Communications